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Merf Ehman, Columbia Legal Services Executive Director

“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community…Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” - Cesar Chavez

We Celebrate.

I have been thinking about Cesar Chavez, Alton Sterling, and the concept of racial justice. Part of Cesar Chavez’s health issues and death were related to his hunger strikes to bring justice to farm workers. He risked his life for his vision of justice. He and Dolores Huerta and the millions of... More

Ann LoGerfo, Directing Attorney, Basic Human Needs Project

The Seattle Times Editorial Board published an editorial earlier this month, Fences are necessary in homelessness humanitarian crisis, extolling the virtues of using spiked fences (see the photo) to block people without homes from finding some shelter in Seattle's rainy winter.

We disagree. Ann LoGerfo, directing attorney with our Basic Human Needs Project, submitted a letter-to-the-editor in response to the editorial, but... More

Alyssa Garcia and Rita Kutsin, Economic Justice Project Law Clerks

At a time when the terms “affordability,” “gentrification,” and “housing crisis” have become commonplace language for Seattle residents, the urgency to fix our broken rental inspection program could not be more timely. Seattle city leaders are carefully balancing the impacts of rapid economic and population growth spurred by newer, wealthier residents moving into the city, while maintaining the rich diversity and livability for longtime residents. Columbia Legal Services (CLS) has been instrumental in ensuring that the voices of marginalized communities are centered in this conversation.... More